By signing Marcin Mrożek, CCC Sprandi Polkowice has finalized the roster for the 2016 season. 27 riders are on the team, and among them Davide Rebellin and Maciej Paterski who claimed the biggest wins in 2015 for the “orange squad”.
We are very satisfied with reinforcements that we have made. We have added great climber, Victor de la Parte, fast Simone Ponzi and also talented and with high potential Felix Großschartner, Alan Banaszek and Marcin Mrożek. We believe that they will adapt to the team and that together we will make 2016 season better than the previous one – Piotr Wadecki, sporting director of CCC Sprandi Polkowice, said.
The year 2015 was very successful for the Polkowice-based squad. The „riders in orange” claimed 17 wins in UCI races and 57 times made the podium. Among the biggest accomplishments was Maciej Paterski’s victory on Stage 1 and leader jersey of Volta Ciclista a Catalunya and overall triumph in Tour of Croatia, Davide Rebellin’s win in Coppa Agostoni and on the queen stage of Tour of Turkey (plus the leader jersey) and also victory in team time trial in Settimana Coppi e Bartali, where CCC Sprandi Polkowice defeated Team Sky. One of the highlights of 2015 season was also participation in one of the Grand Tours, Giro d’Italia.
Davide Rebellin and Maciej Paterski will both stay on our team. The former is still in great shape and has a lot of passion for cycling, despite being 44 years old. The latter has recorded his best season in 2015 and we are very happy that he wants to keep improving with us.
We also continue our young riders development program. We have 10 guys, who in 2016 will be 25 years old or under. 6 of them will still be in the U23 category. They will have a chance to learn from very experienced cyclists, such as Rebellin, Sylwester Szmyd or Tomasz Kiendyś.
Combination of youth and experience is not an overstatement in case of CCC Sprandi Polkowice. The team’s roster includes one of the youngest riders in the professional peloton – 19-year old Alan Banaszek, and also the most experienced one – Rebellin. Next year the average age of 27 riders will be 27,52 years.
CCC Sprandi Polkowice for 2016 season: Alan Banaszek (19 years old in 2016), Piotr Brożyna (21), Josef Cerny (23), Victor De la Parte (30), Felix Großschartner (22), Jan Hirt (25), Adrian Honkisz (28), Jakub Kaczmarek (23), Tomasz Kiendyś (39), Adrian Kurek (28), Eryk Latoń (23), Kamil Małecki (20), Jarosław Marycz (29), Bartłomiej Matysiak (32), Nikolay Mihaylov (28), Marcin Mrożek (26), Łukasz Owsian (26), Michał Paluta (21), Maciej Paterski (30), Leszek Pluciński (26), Simone Ponzi (29), Davide Rebellin (45), Branislau Samoilau (31), Grzegorz Stępniak (27), Patryk Stosz (22), Sylwester Szmyd (38), Mateusz Taciak (32).
The team will not include four riders, who were on the 2015 roster – Grega Bole, Marek Rutkiewicz, Christian Delle Stelle and Stefan Schumacher.